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    Published on 18 Jun 2012 6:00 AM
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    Buffalo, New York has what may be the oldest zoning code in the United States; it was adopted in 1950. The city is in the process of replacing its outdated land use regulations with the Buffalo Green Code, soon joining Denver and Miami as major cities with form-based zoning codes. Unlike the old zoning code, which attempted to separate uses and impose a suburban model to address post-War urban ills, the Green Code respects Buffalo's dense, walkable, mixed-use built environment. ...
    Published on 14 Jun 2012 7:00 AM
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    jwmun writes:

    You've heard it before: "These parking fees are killing business!"

    What do you all think? Accurate statement or scapegoating?

    I'm working in a fairly urban setting, but one that is competing with surrounding towns where they don't charge for parking. Obviously, the economy is poor right now, business is down, and there are more vacancies. Merchants, politicians, and others are pointing at the parking authority who (gasp) charges people to park, as the culprit.
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    Published on 05 Jun 2012 7:00 AM
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    SW MI Planner writes:

    I am working on an ordinance to allow transient food vendors in our downtown area, both non-motorized push carts, stationary trailers, etc. Anyone have any good examples of best practices, thoughts on what not to do, etc.? Do you allow them? Are they restrictied to private/public property, hours of operation, distance from existing bricks/mortar businesses? What about transient merchants of general merchandise/wares - do you allow them or no? ...
    Published on 04 Jun 2012 6:00 AM
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    The Codes Project is an anthology of iconic codes, laws and related documents that have created, or sought to create, particular urban forms. It is a searchable archive drawn from a broad array of historical documents. ...
    Published on 14 May 2012 7:00 AM
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    Tide writes:

    What if time.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. - "I got about 50 or 60 cars out there and I didn't buy any of them," Earnhardt said. "We get a forklift or a tractor with a forklift or front-end loader and just carry it into the woods and just set it out there somewhere." Why is it no surprise that Earnhardt's backyard is like some backwoods version of the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark?"

    What if you were the zoning administrator/inspector for this county? What if this was inconsistent with the property regulations and there weren't any complaints? What if there were complaints (potential multiple infractions, junked vehicles and race tracks)? How would you (if you would) handle the enforcement and the obvious high profile media this would bring - and don't give me the "treat him like any other guy" because you would not be able to from the top down and if you say that you're lying and I preemptively call your BS.
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